AGE OF THE LIVING DEAD is coming, for better or worse
These days, I have a mixed reaction whenever I hear of a new vampire or paranormal-themed television project. Whereas before I would have been giddy with anticipation, the recent glut of such fare, a large percentage of which is, let us be honest about it, derivative and generic at best and just plain lousy at worst, has left me, if not jaded, at least defensive where it comes to getting my hopes up. Such is the case with AGE OF THE LIVING DEAD. Described by its creators as a cross between BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and THE WALKING DEAD, it suggests to me no large degree of originality. And where I once craved anything and everything in the genre, it is originality today for which my heart pines.
BUFFY’s tightrope walking on a razor’s edge between comedy, camp and genuine Horror is a tough mixture to get right. And by mentioning THE WALKING DEAD, it makes me automatically dubious, suspecting that they are just trying to cash in on TWD’s success. Hollywood’s mantra, after all, is: “If it works, duplicate it!” This all could just be a case of poor advertising, though, and the show itself may be that proverbial breath of frigid air for which I am longing. The series is set to debut this summer. We won’t know until then.